KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Chapters: Deuteronomy 5-7
Message: The Faithful God
Hello My Friend,
Faithful; Firmly adhering to duty; of true fidelity; loyal; true to allegiance; as a faithful subject. Observant of compact, treaties, contracts, vows or other engagements; true to one’s word. If there is one thing that the world, and quite frankly many Christians do not understand it is that God is not just a just God, but a faithful God too. God is true to His Word, loyal to His believers, firmly adhering to His duty as not only our provider and protector, but our Father as well. God’s faithfulness to us goes hand in hand, we must be faithful to Him also. We have to think of our relationship with God as a marriage, being faithful to each other brings great joy, but if one is unfaithful it brings great sorrow as all sorts of things like anger and jealousy affect the marriage. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” – Hebrews 13:4.
Being faithful to God means that we believe every word He has placed in His Word and following it as He says. God has given lots of commands over the time, most of them were specific to a certain place or time in which believers were to adhere to in order to keep joy in the relationship. Out of all of the commands, the most important are the first ten, follow these and the rest will not even come into play. Moses reminds the children of Israel of the covenant that God made with them, not their fathers before them, but them. These ten commands that God spoke Himself, written on two slabs of stone by His very finger, were the key to His faithfulness.
“And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.” – Deuteronomy 5:1-10.
“And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me” Do you see the key word here? Mercy. God gives mercy to those who love Him. Let me tell you, true love endures, it is not easy, but true love, along with the joy that comes, stands by all the pain, the sorrow, the sadness, the anger, and the frustration that comes within a relationship as well. True love is what keeps God faithful to us, even when we are not faithful to Him, that is what mercy does. God is jealous over us, and we should count that as a blessing, He will not share us with anyone else so, if we are cheating on Him we can expect some sorrow, but when we are faithful we can expect devotion. “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” – Psalm 145:18-20.
There is one key to being faithful to God, fear Him. Fearing God is loving Him, respecting Him, honoring Him, acknowledging Him, and following His commands not because we have to, but because we love Him. Moses reminds Israel that fearing God will not only prolong their lives, but be a testimony for their children.
“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.” – Deuteronomy 6:1-2,20-25.
“We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt;” Just think about what Jesus has done for us, the second we accepted Him as our Saviour, He not only saved us from the death of our souls, and hell, He saved us from the bondage of sin that we were in. Egypt is a picture of the world, it is corrupt, devilish, and leads only to death, Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way, He set us free from that prison so we could live. We really do not have much time on the earth, some of is even less than others, we are to never forget what Jesus has done for us, and we are to always keep telling our story so that others can learn how they can be set free. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36.
You know, God is not faithful to us because we are perfect or have the best of faith, He is faithful because He made a covenant with us, to never leave nor forsake us when we put our faith and trust in His Son. Moses reminds the Israel that they are holy, chosen by God Himself, not because of their righteousness, but because of His love for them.
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:” – Deuteronomy7:6-12.
“above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Christians are far from being perfect, they are in fact, the fewest in number, but God lifts them up higher than all the rest. Why? We are not redeemed by any works of our own, but by the works of Christ, who died on the cross for us. Christ died for all because God loves us so much that He does not want to see anyone in hell, He gave His life so we can live. God is faithful to those who believe in His Son, and receive Him as our Saviour, He is full of mercy and grace toward us, and He will never break His promise to give us eternal life when we accept His Son. Any good that we do after we are saved comes from our love for God as we learn His ways and follow them. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” – I John 4:7-9.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “(I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” – Deuteronomy 5:5-6. Jesus stands between God and man, showing us His Word, it is He that saves us from the fire and brings us out of bondage.
Today’s Prayer: God, How amazing it is that You remain faithful to us when we believe in and accept Your Son as our Saviour. It is Your desire that we stay faithful to You as well. Lord, help me to remain faithful to You at all times, help me avoid the traps that take me away from Your truth and losing valuable time on earth. It is only by reading Your Word, but applying its truth to my life that I even have a chance to fight the battles around me. Teach me to be the Godly testimony that You want me to be for all to see Your Son. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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